Skip to main content
Yogapedia Top Bloggers Badge

Hamsa Upanishad – Ajapa Hamsa Mantra

Hamsa Dhyana as per Hamsa Upanishad
Hamsa Upanishad


The Ajapa Gayatri is a Japa yoga kriya. It should be performed like other Japa Yoga Kriyas. Rishi, Chandas, Devata, etc., are given in the Upanishad. It should be conceptualised that in every breath, inspiration is happening with the mantra “So” and expiration is happening with the mantra “ham”. “So’ham” mantra should be done without a break.  One breath is counted as one Japa. There are approximately 21600 breaths daily. For a day 21600 japas are done.

After performing Rishi, Chandas, Kara nyasa and Anga nyasa, Hamsatman is to be meditated at Heart chakra. With this meditation, breath is to be seen with “So’ham”. Any Japa mantra should be initiated by a competent Guru. Hence I do not give elaborate details here.  For those who are aspiring to have initiation and competent to take initiation, the following link may be of help.

My advocating of this website is not out of any personal Interest. Their mission states “This technique is imparted by the great yogic masters in to ears of disciples very secretly that too after strictly adhering to the conditions put forward by the master. CONDTIONS are that the disciples shall abstain form, non-vegetarian food, all kind of intoxications including smoking and chewing of betel leaves and areca nut, using alcoholic drinks and shall conform with all moral principles. No FEE or DAKSHINA, either in kind or in Cash, is charged for it. The master helps the disciples to practice the Vidya Step by Step and equalizes the disciple gradually with the master. It is interesting to note that never in the history of True Yogic masters the disciples were taught this vidya by receiving FEE or DAKSHINA.”

Having uttered this Japa for a 10 millions of times as given in the Upanishad, the yogi hears the Nada, sound in his ears. There are ten types of sounds.
  1. A sound like the word “Chini”
  2. Chini-Chini
  3. Bell
  4. Conch.
  5. Veena, a string Instrument
  6. Thala, a percussion instrument
  7.  Flute
  8.  Drum
  9.  Mridanga
  10. Thunder


On hearing the 10th sound, he becomes Paramahamsa.

Please follow the link for the Sanskrit Text of the Upanishad.

Comments

Trending

Yoga Tattva Upanishad

Yoga Tattva Upanishad is the Upanishad of yoga philosophy. It is the forty-first Upanishad among the 108 Upanishads and forms part of Krishna Yajur Veda. It contains 142 verses.

I (says the author of the Upanishad) hereby present the philosophy of yoga (yoga tattva) for the benefit of yogis. By hearing and learning this yoga, the yogi will get released himself from all the sins.

The great yogi by name of Vishnu, the Supreme Being who is known for his spiritual austerities, stands as the beacon of light in the path of yoga tattva. The Pitamaha (Pitamaha means grandfather. It here refers to Lord Brahman, the deity) approached Lord Jagannath (the other name for Lord Vishnu. Jagannath means the Lord of the universe) paid him due respects and asked him to explain the philosophy of Astanga Yoga (yoga of eight limbs or stages).

“Let me explain the philosophy,” said Lord Hrisikesha (the other name of Lord Vishnu. It means the Lord of senses). All people are ensnared in the trap of worldly pains…

Brahma Vidya Upanishad

Brahma Vidya Upanishad is the 40th among the 108 Upanishads. It contains 110 verses and found attached in Krishna Yajur Veda. Yet another version of this Upanishad containing 14 verses is found attached in Atharva Veda.
Brahma Vidya is the knowledge of Brahman. Hence this Upanishad deals with the knowledge of Brahman.
I declare the secret of Brahma Vidya, in the name Vishnu who commands over the marvellous deeds. The supreme science of Brahman is the monosyllable Om, as declared by the expounders of Vedanta.
I declare the body, seat and durations of Om.  It includes the three Gods (Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswara), the three worlds (Bhur, Bhuvar, and Suvar), the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur, and Sama), the three Fires (Garha-patya, Dakshina, and Ahavaniya), the three Matras (A, U, and M), and the Ardha Matra.
The body of Pranava The body of the first Matra “A” is Rig Veda, Garha-patya (Fire), Prithivi (Earth), and Lord Brahman, the deity. (In Sanskrit, the word Brahman has two connotations. One i…

Dhyana Bindu Upanishad

Dhyana Bindu Upanishad is the 39th of 108 Upanishads. It contains 106 verses and is attached to Krishna Yajur Veda whereas a smaller version of 26 verses was found attached to Atharva Veda. This Upanishad and Yoga Tattva upanishad contains some common verses.

The mountainous sins accumulated over many births can be destroyed by Dhyana Yoga (Meditation). Nobody is found to have destroyed the sins by any other means except Meditation. Meditation is the only way to annihilate the sins.

Pranava (Om) is the Supreme Bijakshara (seed letter) with Nada (sound) and Bindu (dot). When the Nada dissolves, the soundless residuum (Brahman) remains. In other words, Pranava (Om) is eternal and Brahman is transcending the Pranava. One who knows the transcending Brahman knows everything without a doubt.

A hundred thousandth part of awn of a grain of paddy is the Jiva-Chaitanya (Consciousness of Atman). A hundred thousandth part of Jiva-Chaitanya is Eswara-Chaitanya (Consciousness of Brahman).  A fifty-tho…